There isn’t much I can write about the site at Palenque that hasn’t been written many, many times before and written by more knowledgeable authors than this one. But it is a site that has a special place in my heart.
I first came across references to the archaelogical information on this site in the late 90s when I read a couple of books by the author Maurice Cotterell. His work over many years on decoding the lid of Palenque (a tomb covering slab – intricately carved with pictograms and glyphs) was fascinating and his work uncovered a deeper set of meanings in the carvings that told stories and even had moving images (yep I know – check it out) like cartoons. He went on to link other carvings in Egypt, Peru and other famous sites of archaelogical disocvery in the same manner showing that diverse cultures across the globe had similar stories and iconographic cultures.
Suffice it to say I was very excited to visit the place at the root of this incredible work. We pulled in to an RV park/Hotel 1km from the ruins – Mayabell –
to find a lush tropical rain forest, with howler monkeys, tropical thunder and lightening storms and a meeting place for overlanders. The park itself has great facilities – good showers (hot!) hook up and water and a swimming pool! We met some lovely overlanders there Pete and Natasha, Joe and Josie and the guys in the Uni-mog (Sort of like this – what a great beast of an overlander vehicle). The temperature was around the 30 to 35 degrees C and the humidity must have been in the 80s or 90s. But mainly we were there for the ruins so lets take a look at them.
In the museum next to the ruins many artifacts and displays show off the amazing treasure that was unearthed there – including Lord Pakals tomb and the lid of Palenque.
An incredible experience and an incredible place – go there if you can.
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